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Belchertown voters resoundingly strike down override for new middle school
06-18-2024 3:12 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — Residents shot down the proposed $122.6 million middle school building at Monday’s special election, bringing the project to an end and denying a $47.9 million grant from Massachusetts School Building Authority to offset the cost.The...


Plainfield man, 55, dies in crash
06-18-2024 12:49 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

PLAINFIELD — A 55-year-old local man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Grant Street around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Northwestern district attorney’s office reported.John Henry Burt of Plainfield died after when his car went off the road into the...


Hatfield earmarks last ARPA money for capital needs at Smith Academy, Senior Center
06-18-2024 12:44 PM

HATFIELD — Most of the remaining federal American Rescue Plan Act money Hatfield still has in hand will go to a series of capital projects, including improvements to Smith Academy and at the Senior Center.With around $240,000 that still must be...


Amherst Regional School Committee looks to launch financial sustainability panel
06-18-2024 12:11 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A fiscal sustainability committee that will undertake strategic planning and identify potential cost savings and new revenue sources for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools is being established by the Regional School Committee.Even though...


Speaking of Nature: Identifying an unusual critter: And an invitation for readers to give it a name
06-18-2024 10:53 AM

By BILL DANIELSON

I first saw this curious little animal on June 1. It was a beautiful day outside, but the cottonwood tree that grows next to my deck was in full seed-dispersal mode and sitting outside was not really an option. Imagine a snowstorm, but the flakes of...


Legion baseball: Aiden Keeling-Lococo’s walk-off hit lifts Northampton Post 28 past Easthampton
06-17-2024 9:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — He may have just wrapped up his freshman year of high school, but Aiden Keeling-Lococo showed maturity beyond his years on Monday evening.The Northampton Post 28 center fielder stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning...


MassGolf: Westover’s Zach Lebeau paces local pack at Mass Am qualifier in Springfield
06-17-2024 7:36 PM

Jeremy Meade of Nashawtuc Country Club shot the low round of the day to take home medalist honors in a 2024 Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship qualifier at Veterans Memorial Golf Course in Springfield on Monday afternoon.Meade shot 2-under-par 70...


Heat wave rolls in: Cooling centers to open as high humidity, upper 90s take hold for rest of week
06-17-2024 4:41 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

The Pioneer Valley is bracing for a potentially record-setting heat wave this week, as local cities and towns open cooling centers and put out their own advisories warning residents. According to the National Weather Service station in Norton, the...


Legislators discussing ways to curb sale of Illegal hemp-based products
06-17-2024 4:40 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

A statewide proliferation in recent years of intoxicating, illegal hemp-based products — gummies, energy shot-like drink bottles and seltzers, to name a few — has raised concern among state officials and the cannabis sector alike. While these...


UMass launches task force in wake of spring protests, will also review police activity
06-17-2024 4:33 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

AMHERST — UMass Amherst Chancellor Javier Reyes has announced the creation of a Campus Demonstration Policy Task Force and an independent review of police activity on campus following events this spring that lead to more than 100 arrests on campus...


Pot company to pay $350K fine over worker’s death at Holyoke plant
06-17-2024 1:19 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

NORTHAMPTON — A leading cannabis company has agreed to pay a $350,000 fine to the Cannabis Control Commission to settle allegations that lax safety protocols at its Holyoke production plant led to the death of a worker there in January 2022.The...


$6.4M budget, slew of capital projects up for vote in Whately
06-17-2024 1:08 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Voters will be asked to consider a $6.4 million budget for fiscal year 2025 and a slew of capital projects at Annual Town Meeting.The meeting will be held outside Whately Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. The $6.4 million...


Budget rift emerges at Granby TM: Finance Committee at odds with School, Fire departments
06-17-2024 1:01 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GRANBY — The town recently completed its two-part annual Town Meeting, at which residents passed a $29.1 million budget for fiscal 2025 while also listening to a contentious disagreement between the Finance Committee and the School and Fire...


Easthampton lands grant to help enhance water system using fiber-optics
06-17-2024 12:54 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — The city will soon start collecting real-time data on its water system’s health, including water quality and levels in wells and tanks, using fiber-optic technology that is expected to reduce the need for physical inspections and data...


Note from the publisher: Gazette launches new online puzzles feature
06-17-2024 6:01 AM

Gazette Readers,Today we launch Puzzmo, a new collection of daily puzzles on our website.Our new digital puzzles can be played on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. You can play for free and you’ll be able to track your own scoring and see how you...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-16-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


Northampton panel member’s reappointment opposed after ‘ugly’ handicapped access remark
06-16-2024 12:01 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — A routine reappointment to the city’s Central Business Architecture Committee became a little more complicated after a member of the Northampton City Council objected to the committee member’s description of a proposed handicapped-access...


Northampton school superintendent: Union’s no-confidence vote shows ‘lack of courtesy’
06-16-2024 10:01 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Portia Bonner expressed “deep disappointment” in the school union’s recent vote of no confidence in her, saying that it showed a “lack of courtesy.” She also pushed back against the notion that...


Hadley to hire expert to examine how best to use spaces at Town Hall, former Goodwin Library
06-15-2024 5:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

HADLEY — An architectural engineer could soon be hired by the town to do a feasibility study for identifying the best use of both office and storage space at two Hadley center buildings, the former Goodwin Memorial Library and Town Hall.Town...


Easthampton Skate Club launches crowdfunding campaign to expand at Eastworks
06-15-2024 4:01 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

EASTHAMPTON — On the ground floor of Eastworks, nestled among art studios and clothing designers, Easthampton Skate Club provides a space for people of all ages and experience levels to develop their skateboarding skills and experiment with new...

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